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Taiwanese hits in West Covina, Mexican breakfast in Monrovia, and more

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Spicy Korean fried chicken at Vons in Torrance.
Spicy Korean fried chicken at Vons in Torrance.
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This is a periodic compilation of notable restaurant openings throughout Los Angeles. Take note of these under-the-radar places from the Valley to the South Bay, from the Westside to the San Gabriel Valley. Let’s dive right in.


December 10, 2020

Sawtelle— Sawtelle is no stranger to soba specialists and the latest one is Kaz The Soba Place. Hefty buckwheat strands come in traditional and innovative ways including “the Shanghai” that’s served in a Sichuan soup and “the Roma” that’s topped with an avalanche of cherry tomatoes. 2047 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles.

Monrovia— Burbank’s Cafe de Olla is bringing Mexican-style breakfasts to Monrovia. On the menu are chilaquiles and the restaurant’s signature cinnamon-infused coffee. Don’t forget to peruse the pastry case for cakes, pies, and flan sold by the slice. 423 S Myrtle Ave., Monrovia.

West CovinaDago Taiwanese Restaurant opened a second location in West Covina. From larger entrees like red grain pork to more snackable fare like sweet sausages, expect to find Taiwan’s greatest hits here. 650 South Sunset Ave., West Covina.

Torrance— Vons Chicken offers a far more extensive menu than most of LA’s Korean fried chicken shops. In addition to the usual spicy and soy-garlic varieties, Vons is bringing honey-butter and even cheddar, along with a line of roasted chickens and a plethora of sides. 24631 Crenshaw Blvd., Ste. F, Torrance.

Canoga Park— The menu is succinct at Tikka Masala Burger, a delivery- and takeout-only operation specializing in burgers made with South Asian flair. The chicken and lamb burgers come with mint and tamarind chutneys, and seasoned fries are available to add on. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 22323 Sherman Way, Unit 9, Canoga Park.


November 10, 2020

East Hollywood— The lively scene at Stick BBQ LA feels straight out of Bangkok with plenty of outdoor seating on plastic stools, flame-licked meat skewers, and wokked-to-order noodles. 5300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.

MonroviaThe Monrovian brings baked goods, Jones coffee, and brick-oven pizzas to the Verdugos community. The restaurant is only open from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. for now but will be expanding operations soon. Come in early for the cinnamon rolls that sell out quickly. 534 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia.

West CovinaTamale Street opened just in time for the holiday tamale rush. Fillings included beef, chicken, spicy green chile pork, and more. Order a dozen in advance for $24.99 or stop in for one or two served with beans, rice, and house-made agua frescas. 206 S. Glendora Ave., West Covina.

Carson— For whole and fillets of fish fried to crisp-golden perfection there’s Fried Fishalicious. Served on the side is steamed coconut rice and a choice of fries, potato salad, macaroni salad, or hush puppies. 860 E. Carson St #116, Carson.

Eagle Rock— Buena Park’s Tacos La Calle opened a second outlet on Colorado Boulevard. The menu includes breakfast burritos, tacos, tortas, and mulitas, along with scratch-made salsas. 2040 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles.


October 22, 2020

Little TokyoKeepers, an all-day spot from chefs Vincent Valezona and Chadd Haratani, is operating from Wednesday through Sunday with a daytime window serving coffee and pastries and an outdoor patio serving an approachable dinner menu and weekend brunch. 200 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles.

Highland Park— With two location in Orange County, Holdaak debuts its first LA outlet in Highland Park. On the menu are Korean fried chicken sandwiches, chicken strips, wings, and even a salad in original, hot, and soy-garlic flavors. 5054 York Blvd., Los Angeles.

Arcadia— It’s all about Chinese hand-pulled noodles at Noodle St. The Arcadia location inside the Westfield Santa Anita marks the third outlet for this fast-growing chain; a fourth location is slated for Pasadena soon. The menu includes Lanzhou beef noodle soup, along with crowd pleasing dishes like xiao long bao and scallion pancakes. 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Ste. M10, Arcadia.

Glendale— Rice flour-battered Korean-style corndogs have descended on Glendale with the arrival of Mr. Monster Hotdog. The menu of cheese-, sausage-, and hotdog-stuffed wares are available for takeout and delivery. 116 S. Artsakh Ave., Glendale.

Long Beach— San Francisco’s Cambodian wing shop Shlap Muan is operating out of Golden Chinese Express from Friday through Sunday. Signature sauces include habanero-orange, spicy elephant (peanut sauce), and Cambodian dirt (lemongrass pepper). 2150 E South St., Long Beach.


October 1, 2020

WestlakeHanchic serves Korean food “like no other,” according to its website. On the menu are strong Italian influences and Filipino ones too, like the bolognese mandu — dumplings topped with a doenjang meat sauce. Outdoor seating is available, along with takeout and delivery. 2500 W. 8th St., Ste. 103, Los Angeles.

Hawthorne— Named after the airport code for Bangkok, BKK Street Thai Eatery is a casual spot serving $10.99 lunch specials that include rice and an egg roll, and a roaring dinner menu full of Thai street fare like the salted crab papaya salad and roti with curry. 5245 Rosecrans Ave., Hawthorne.

Alhambra— Located in the former Jumbo Seafood space, GV Yummy serves an array of Shanghai, Sichuan, and Dongbei dishes. Dining on site is possible under the two tents set-up in the parking lot. 203 W Valley Blvd., Alhambra.

Venice— From the founder of the Butcher’s Daughter comes De Buena Planta, a meatless Mexican spot on Abbot Kinney. Expect gluten-free tacos, organic margaritas, and awesomely laid-back vibes. 1118 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Los Angeles.

Boyle Heights— Hugo’s Woodfired Pizza is bringing a slice of Naples to East LA on the residential corner of Soto Street and City View Avenue. Pizzas start at $5 for an 8-inch pie and top off at $10 for a 14-inch pie. Open daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 717 N. Soto St., Los Angeles.


September 16, 2020

Hollywood— Mexican-style rotisserie chicken served with house-made salsas and tortillas is the specialty at Wildbird. The restaurant marinades Mary’s chickens in a citrus blend before slowly roasting. Side dishes include beans, Mexican corn, roasted vegetables, and more. 6374 West Sunset Blvd., Ste. D, Los Angeles.

Alhambra— Come to Tianjin Feng Wei for the signature soupy pork buns and stay for the beef noodle soup, braised beef tripe, and house-made pastries. The shop is named after the northern Chinese province of Tianjin. 525 West Valley Blvd., Alhambra.

Long Beach— Find Vietnamese classics including pho, banh mi, and rice plates at Mangosteen Vietnamese Kitchen. The shaking beef with garlic noodles is always a good option for those looking to veer from their usual standbys. 5295 East 2nd St., Long Beach.

Leimert ParkThe District by GS, a full-service restaurant that’s also open for takeout and delivery, comes by way of Game Sports Bar Restaurant and Lounge. Swing in during mornings for red velvet waffles or shrimp and grits, or stop by later in the day fo Cajun shrimp fettuccini and fried lobster. 3888 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles.

Compton— Check out Hamburguesas Uruapan on Saturdays and Sunday evenings for loaded Mexican-style hamburgers topped with two kinds of cheese, ham, onions, pineapple, mayo, ketchup, and mustard, in addition to a ground beef patty. 4201 Rosecrans Ave., Compton.


September 2, 2020

North Hollywood— Bread and Breakfast, a weekends-only spot, churns out decadent breakfast burritos and tacos filled with basturma (cured beef), soujouk (spiced sausages), steak, bacon, and sausage. The stand is open from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for takeout and curbside pick-up. 10865 Magnolia Blvd., Los Angeles.

Rolling Hills— There’s no shortage of Hawaiian food in South Bay, but Big Island Eats hopes to stand out with combo plates topped with scratch-made sauces and furikake, and an extensive menu of island sweets including shave ice, shakes, cookies, and chocolate banana bread. 550 Deep Valley Dr., Ste. 147, Rolling Hills Estates.

Rosemead— Head to Medan Kitchen for homey Indonesian cooking. The restaurant is currently offering pre-packaged set meals, as well as groceries due to COVID-19. The $13 nasi kuning komplit meal includes turmeric rice, beef rendeng, fried chicken, and more. 8518 Valley Blvd., Unit 102, Rosemead.

West LA— Rowland Heights’s Midoh has expanded to the Westside with its menu of Japanese-inflected European fare. The signature hamburger steaks are served with a choice of sauce, from curry to a demi-glace. Also on the menu is an extensive line-up of Italian pastas made with udon noodles. 2130 Sawtelle Blvd., Ste. 200, West Los Angeles.

Studio CityMazza Kitchen brings a unique menu of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare to Studio City. Some of the more fetching items on the menu include Uzbek lagman (hand-made noodles with lamb), matbucha (Moroccan braised tomatoes), and an impressive array of flatbreads. 12050 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.


August 26, 2020

Echo Park— Dave Abrams and Johnny Jeltema initially planned to open a “five-star dive bar” prior to the pandemic, but have since pivoted to a casual neighborhood spot serving beer, wine, and a limited menu of burgers, chicken sandwiches, and chicken pot pie hand pies at the Douglas. Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. for takeout and patio seating. 1400 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.

Hollywood— New to the Hollywood Hills is Sweet Lily Bakery, an all-day cafe with sweets and savories on the menu. Look for scratch-made croissants and pain aux raisins in the mornings and pastas and pizzas for lunch. 3315 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Los Angeles.

Boyle Heights— Jin Dragon Chinese Fast Food serves Chinese-American fare with big portions and low prices. The three item combo goes for $7.99, while entrees include all the classics like orange chicken, kung pao chicken, and broccoli beef. 2411 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles.

Silver Lake— Highland Park’s Donut Friend is expanding to vegan ice cream treats with Creamo. On the menu are milkshakes, sundaes, and taking a page from the After’s Ice Cream playbook, doughnut ice cream sandwiches. 3534 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.

Hawthorne— Da Cajun Seafood Shack specializes in Louisiana-style seafood with an LA twist. In addition to seafood boils sold by-the-pound, bowls of gumbo, and po’ boy sandwiches are alligator and al pastor tacos. 4417 West 133rd St., Hawthorne.


August 20, 2020

Pasadena— Hot weather calls for cool Vietnamese spring rolls, salads, and sandwiches. Paper Rice serves a simple menu highlighting the trio of dishes, as well as an option to build-your-own spring rolls and noodle bowls. 20 Union St., Ste. 150, Pasadena.

Hollywood— The Nashville hot chicken trend keeps going strong. The latest newcomer is Whistlin’ Dixie in the heart of Hollywood, where there’s plenty of patio seating and chicken sandwiches are served on buns that come in four colorful shades — natural, yellow, red, and black. 1523 N. La Brea Ave., Ste. 207, Los Angeles.

HawthorneLobster and Beer opened a second location in the South Bay. The menu is similar to the original one in Palms with Connecticut- and Maine-style lobster rolls, shrimp rolls, and crab rolls headlining the joint. Open daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 13825 Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne.

Glendale— Dine al fresco at Anoush BBQ for an only-in-LA mashup of Korean and Middle Eastern fare. Nibble on an array of starters, from baba ghanoush to kimchi, before grilling short ribs and lule kebab tableside. 357 Arden Ave., Glendale.

Whittier— Pizza is the unofficial food of the pandemic and Xtra Cheese serves it up Detroit-style for takeout and delivery. Halal rectangular pies come wildly topped with a plethora of ingredients including shawarma, asada, and chipotle shrimp. 16170 Leffingwell Rd., Ste. 5, Whittier.


August 13, 2020

Arcadia— With 400 locations throughout Korea, Left Wing is bringing its trio of Korean fried chicken flavors — original, house special, and sweet and spicy — to the San Gabriel Valley. Side dishes include spicy rice cakes, fried mac and cheese, and chicken cheese fries. 1101 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia.

Manhattan Beach— For Caribbean cooking in the South Bay, Mia’s Kitchen is sharing family recipes from Trinidad and Tobago. The weekends-only goat curry roti and curry crab dumplings are sure to go fast. 312 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach.

Koreatown— New to the neighborhood is Korean-Chinese specialist the Ppong. Named after its signature dish jjampong, a spicy seafood noodle soup, the menu also includes sweet and sour pork and black bean noodles. 4003 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.

Mid-Wilshire— Find Lemme Smash Burgers on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m. slinging smash burgers on Pico. The flavor profile incorporates fresh lime juice and cilantro in addition to plenty of beef, cheese, and bun. 5151 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.

Arleta— Chacha Tandoori brings the flavors of India and Pakistan to Valley residents. The menu includes both chicken and lamb karah, a popular tomato-based curry with fresh herbs and chiles prepared in a cast iron vessel. 13920 Van Nuys Blvd., Arleta.


August 5, 2020

Pasadena— City of Industry’s Teddy’s Tacos has arrived on Colorado Boulevard near the PCC campus. The extensive taco offerings include asada, al pastor, carnitas, tinga, and barbacoa, along with vegetarian potato tacos and pescatarian mahi mahi and marlin tacos. Burritos, tortas, mulitas, and loaded fries round out the menu. 1655 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.

KoreatownEggbomb takes Korean kimbap to the next level, filling the seaweed rice rolls with plenty of shredded eggs and different proteins including spicy tuna, galbi, and beef bulgogi. Also on the menu are dukboki (rice cakes) and sweet potato fries. 3526 W. 8th St., Los Angeles.

Reseda— With one location in El Monte, Curry Time has made its way to the Valley with Indian food served fast and without fuss. The $10.99 combination meal includes three entrees, rice, naan, and yogurt. 8241 Tampa Ave., Los Angeles.

Alhambra— LaoBeijing Hot Pot is open for sidewalk dining in a peaceful and shady strip mall setting. For those who prefer to dine at home, hot pot broths and proteins, along with frozen dumplings, are available for takeout. 1308 E Valley Blvd., Alhambra.

Valley Glen— Outdoor hot dog operation Bite Me Hot Dogs can be found on the southwest corner of Oxnard and Whitsett in North Hollywood from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Start with a turkey bacon dog or a pastrami dog and customize with toppings ranging from simple ketchup and mustard to decadent crumbles of Cheetos and Dorritos. 5982-5998 Oxnard & Whitsett St., North Hollywood.


July 29, 2020

Eagle Rock— Santa Cruz’s Saturn Cafe opened a second location on Eagle Rock’s Colorado Boulevard. On the vegetarian menu are diner classics like milkshakes, club sandwiches, and all-day breakfast available for takeout and delivery. 1958 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles.

West Hollywood— Chef Ryan Ososky is selling frozen and fully baked Detroit-style pizzas at Dtown Pizzeria Thursday through Sunday from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for takeout and delivery. 7326 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood

PacoimaDon Chon Menudo serves up Jalisco-style menudo to Valley denizens. Every bowl arrives steaming hot, brimming with entrails, and served with handmade tortillas. 13300 Filmore St., Pacoima.

NorwalkChimak House specializes in all matter of Korean fried chicken served with cold beers. The family combo meal deals offer a taste of most menu items, from wings to tenders and cutlets. 16511 Pioneer Blvd., Ste. 102, Norwalk.

Koreatown— Krack N Krab brings oysters and Louisiana-style seafood to K-Town. The menu runs the gamut from Cajun seafood combinations to fried seafood platters and creamy pastas served with garlic bread. 222 N Western Ave., Los Angeles.


July 24, 2020

Koreatown— Jason and James Seok of the Bun Shop have a new sports bar named Laces under their belt. The two-story watering hole with 18 televisions can host up to 100 patrons once bars are allowed to reopen in the city. 125 N. Western Ave., Ste. 108, Los Angeles.

Torrance— For those who can’t resist a fish fry, there’s Fishbone Seafood where snapper, prawns, and oysters can be purchased and fried by the pound. Save room for sweet potato pie and peach cobbler for dessert. 800 W Carson St., Ste. 40, Torrance.

Palms— Open everyday until 10 p.m., Bonizza is serving Roman-style pizzas for takeout and delivery. Square pizzas come topped with things like grilled veggies, cheese, and even roasted potatoes and sausage. 3272 Motor Ave., Los Angeles.

Northridge— Valley denizens craving ramen, poke, and rice bowls can now turn to Tare Ramen Ya. In addition to the house special tonkotsu ramen, the shop offers vegan and chicken-based noodle soups. 8420 Balboa Blvd., Ste. 114, Northridge.

South Gate— Sun Valley’s Mariscos Delfin has expanded to South Gate. Nachos, tacos, and tortas round out the otherwise seafood-centric menu. 3221 Firestone Blvd., South Gate.


July 16, 2020

Fairfax— Find East Coast seafood shack vibes a little closer to home at Roxy & Jo’s Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, the newest stall inside the Original Farmer’s Market. Enjoy a bowl of bisque or chowder before diving into grilled fish, a lobster roll, or poke bowl. 6333 W 3rd St., Stall 436, Los Angeles.

Long Beach— Open since 1961, Japan’s Champion’s Curry has arrived in Long Beach inside the Steelcraft food hall. On the menu is Kanazawa-style curry served over steamed rice and fried cutlets of pork, chicken, or beef. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. A second location is planned for Little Tokyo. 3768 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach.

KoreatownMochinut serves up mochi doughnuts, which are chewier in texture than classic doughnuts, in fun flavors like melon, ube, and matcha. Also on the menu are Korean-style corndogs. There’s already a Mochinut location in Cerritos and a future outlet is planned for Arcadia. 3064 W. 8th St., Los Angeles.

Burbank— Plant-based fast-food fare is the specialty at Blazin’ Burgers ‘N Fried Chicken. The menu boasts breakfast sandwiches, cheese burgers, and hot chicken sandwiches. Open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2320 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank.

Redondo BeachBeach Cities Cafe is here to bring this seaside neighborhood plenty of coffee, pastries, and casual fare like open-face sandwiches and salads. Open for takeout and delivery. 2810 Phelan Ln., Redondo Beach.


July 10, 2020

Gardena— After two decades behind the stoves at Chaya Venice and Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills, Yuichi Natori is back with N Café. The casual spot serves homey pastas, curries, salads, and bentos. 16814 South Vermont Ave., Gardena

Temple City— The aptly named Paths To Spicy serves both sweat-inducing dry and hot pots, as well as milder rice bowls, along with an extensive line of milk tea drinks to wash everything down. 9566 Las Tunas Dr., Temple City.

Encino— Asian-leaning rice bowls, along with boba drinks, smoothies, and gelato, are on the menu at Angry Bowls. The restaurant is open for outdoor seating and takeout daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 16101 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles.

Lynwood— The latest newcomer in the Korean corndog arena is Ugly Dogs. The menu isn’t as extensive as the ones found at the two Seoul-based chains Myungrang and Chungchun, but certainly cover the basics nicely. 3100 E. Imperial Hwy., Ste. 3003, Lynwood.

Mar Vista— Find Indian curries, flatbreads, and sweets at India’s Kitchen, a neighborhood spot in the old Hurry Curry space. 12825 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles.


July 2, 2020

Redondo Beach— An Italian-style sub shop called Swell Deli has opened in Riviera Village. The loaded Goodfella looks like an early hit. 1702 S Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach.

Leimert Park— Ethiopian vegan restaurant Azla opened a new location in Leimert Park while its Mercado la Paloma location is temporarily closed. Fans can head over for misir or yatakilt with rolled injera from noon to 6 p.m. with everything available for takeout. 4309 Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles.

Gardena— Cafe Pruvia is a sleek boba milk tea cafe serving everything from honeydew milk tea to Spanish lattes. The fetching blue and white interior is ready for studying students once indoor dining rooms are allowed to open again. For now, it’s takeout only. 1610 W Redondo Beach Blvd #11, Gardena.

Hacienda Heights— Pepe’s Red Tacos follows the Instagram-ready beef birria de res formula that’s sprouted up all over town. The specialty here is bone marrow served alongside the cheesy, griddled tacos. 15729 Gale Ave., Hacienda Heights.

Reseda— A new barbecue street vendor called Tilted Table is serving Southern-style brisket, pulled pork, po’ boys, and sausages from Tilt Daniels, a private chef who grew up in Georgia. Check the website for more information about the vendor’s latest whereabouts.


June 25, 2020

Long Beach— Hatchett Hall alums Jonathan Strader and Jack Leahy keep it low-key at their New York-style pizzeria Little Coyote. On the menu are half a dozen straightforward pizzas including cheese, pepperoni, and a white pie, three sub sandwiches, and a trio of salads. 2118 E 4th St., Long Beach.

Montebello— 701 Restaurant and Bar comes through for Angelenos seeking a festive night out with Mexican seafood, live music, and plenty of cold beers. On the Sinaloa-style menu are sushi rolls, aguachiles, and shrimp prepared a plethora of ways. 620 Whittier Blvd., Montebello.

Manhattan Beach— Tacolicious, which opened in 2009 at the Ferry Building farmers market in San Francisco and since expanded to five Bay Area locations, has set up shop in LA. On the menu are tacos, cocktails, and beachside vibes. 1129 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.

SawtelleStaxx is here to serve those in the mood for Philly cheese steaks and hot pastrami. The sandwich specialist is open for takeout and delivery seven days a week — 5 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday to Sunday. 11419 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles.

Van Nuys— El Cocinero brings vegan Mexican fare to the Valley. Plant-based “meat” options for tacos, burritos, and tortas include al pastor, chicharron, chicken, asada, carnitas, jackfruit, and mushrooms. 6265 Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 12, Van Nuys.


June 18, 2020

West Hollywood— Providence and Trois Mec alum Brandon Gray is making pizza for takeout Friday through Tuesday at Brandoni Pepperoni. The Straight Up Menace pizza is topped with spicy lamb sausage and pickled peppers, while the Bow Down has shrimp and lemon ricotta. Text (323) 306-4968 to order a pie. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.

Pico-UnionOperating from a ghost kitchen, Kaon brings together Filipino and Mexican flavors for takeout and delivery. Signature wares include an oxtail adobo taco and an ube horchata. 1842 W Washington Blvd. K16, Los Angeles.

Arcadia— From cafe de olla to Oaxacan hot chocolate and horchata lattes, Gokí Cafe serves up Mexican-style drinks in an airy setting. In addition to cookies, cakes, and pastries, Gokí also offers savory sandwiches including a red mole chicken torta. Tamales are available on the weekends. 214 N 1st Ave., Arcadia.

Whittier— Salvadoran cooking reigns supreme at Loroco Bistro. Expect to find the usual papusas, soups, and pastelitos, along with seafood cocktails and Salvadoran-style chow mein. 13344 Meyer Rd., Whittier.

Downtown— Grandma’s Kitchen Kaffe cooks up Mexican-leaning comfort foods. The menu has composed plates centered around proteins (carne asada, salmon, fried chicken) and served with beans and rice for larger appetites. Also on hand are lighter salads, quesadillas, and taquitos. 316 E. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.


June 10, 2020

Pico-Union— Founded by four friends from New Jersey, Ggiata Delicatessen brings the quintessential East Coast Italian deli experience to LA. The delivery-only deli promises fresh mozzarella daily and sandwiches made using bread from Superba and Bread Lounge. 1842 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles.

Echo Park— Horror films and pizza collide at Slasher Pizza. The HellRaiser pie comes topped with chorizo and pepperoncini, while the Freddy Jr. pizza has pesto dollops and pepperoni. 1466 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles.

Chatsworth— With a name like Nic’s Burgers and Bowls and Dipped Cones, there’s no mistaking what you’ll find under this bright red roof. In addition to the namesake dishes, the menu includes hot dogs, corn dogs, and cookies too. 9846 Mason Ave., Los Angeles.

Pasadena— Situated on the busy corner of Washington and Allen in northeast Pasadena, El Matador Authentic Mexican Food serves a sizable menu of Mexican favorites including pollo en mole, chimichanga burritos, and lengua (tongue) a la Mexicana. 1806 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena.

West Hollywood— Chef Tara Punzone and team are making vegan Neapolitan-style pizzas at Pura Vita Pizzeria. Also on the menu are beer and wine, and half-a-dozen desserts including freshly fried Italian doughnuts. 8276 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.


May 27, 2020

Gardena— There’s no shortage of great ramen in the South Bay and the latest player is Tomizo Ramen. Open for takeout and delivery Tuesday through Sunday, the newcomer specializes in spicy miso ramen from Hokkaido. 1721 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardena.

EncinoMaine Street Lobster truck brings lobster rolls, lobster bisque, and loaded tater tots to Valley residents. The truck is open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday through Sunday and offers delivery through Door Dash and Postmates. 5903 N. Balboa Blvd. Encino.

Long Beach— Redondo Beach’s Taishi Hainan Chicken has expanded to a second location in Long Beach that’s open daily for takeout and delivery. The specialty here is Thai-style Hainan chicken rice available both steamed and fried. 1388 Daisy Ave., Long Beach.

Glendale— Taking over the former Le Petit Cafe space on North Brand is Muffin Can Stop Us, a daytime concept serving plenty of coffee and breakfast sandwiches made with English muffins. The sandwich stuffed with sujuk gives bacon a run for its money. 1017 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

Burbank— Pizzas come topped both simply and fancily at Life Rooted. For those in the mood for a straightforward pie, there is margherita and pepperoni on the menu. Pizzas topped with a creamy shrimp pesto or wild mushrooms with truffle ricotta are on hand for those seeking the opposite. 2202 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank.


May 14, 2020

Panorama City— Viet Kitchen brings Vietnamese standbys to the San Fernando Valley. The succinct menu includes half a dozen appetizers, like egg rolls and spring rolls, along with pho, rice dishes, and banh mi. 14650 Roscoe Blvd., Unit 10, Panorama City.

Pasadena— New to the east end of Colorado Boulevard is Hummus Labs, a Mediterranean concept specializing in hummus. On the menu are three different kinds including cilantro jalapeno and roasted tomato habanero. 950 E. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 104, Pasadena.

San Pedro— For a taste of Sicily in San Pedro, pay a visit to La Siciliana. The menu at this family-owned restaurant runs the gamut from rectangular pizzas to pastas and calzones. 347 W. 6th St., San Pedro.

Sherman Oaks— Specializing in New Orleans fare, Fat Tuesday is serving po’ boys, beignets, and more. The restaurant is open for delivery and takeout and offering a 20 percent discount due to COVID-19. 14543 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks.

Koreatown— Chinese hot pot and grilled skewers are the specialty at Tang Huo Kung Fu Spicy Hot Pot. The restaurant provides either a spicy broth or a dry pot, along with a variety of proteins and vegetables at $13.95 per pound, for diners to DIY at home. 3450 W 6th St., Ste 108, Los Angeles.


March 11, 2020

Hancock Park— Japanese comfort fare reigns supreme at Dashijiru, where the menu meanders from yakisoba to fried rice and ramen. Rounding out the offerings are gyozas and seaweed salad appetizers and a yuzu cheesecake for dessert. 5001 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 102, Los Angeles.

Torrance— Saigon Eatery serves up Vietnamese hits including pho (beef, oxtail, chicken, shrimp), vermicelli rice noodles, garlic noodles, and rice plates in a fast-casual setting in the heart of Torrance’s business district. 20527 S Western Ave., Torrance.

Woodland Hills— Tucked inside the Westfield Topanga food court is Beleaf Cafe, a vegan fast-food concept serving burgers, tacos, and sandwiches made with Impossible and proprietary Beleaf meat. 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Los Angeles.

Northridge— Sinaloa-style seafood is on hand at Sushi Y Mariscos Que Rollo. Expect to find ceviches, aguachiles, tacos, and burritos, along with eye-popping sushi rolls crusted in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. 8556 Reseda Blvd., Northridge.

Whittier— The dish to get at Richie’s Hot Chicken is the $8 Atomic Reaper, a hot chicken sandwich that’s so spicy that it’s served with gloves and a carton of milk, and requires a signed waiver. Now serving on Thursdays and Fridays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on weekends from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. 12504 Whittier Blvd., Whittier.


March 4, 2020

Rowland HeightsHanlin Tea Room, which was originally established in Taiwan in 1986, opened a second LA outlet in east San Gabriel Valley. On the menu are Taiwanese tea drinks and specialty foods like tea noodles and hot pot. 17883 Colima Rd., Ste. D, Rowland Heights.

Fairfax— The best way to approach a meal at Tree of Wishes is to gather a group and order a tremendous spread of mezze, salads, and mains to share. Dig into charcoal-roasted eggplant, caramelized hummus, and muhammara, and be sure scrape up every last bit with the house-made bread. 7469 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.

Eagle Rock— Los Angeles’s latest Instagrammable sandwich is served nightly at the Bun Bun from 6:30 p.m. until midnight. The Save Me Bun begs to be snapped with its Nashville hot chicken patty and pretty pink bun. 1871 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles.

Koreatown— Neighborhood stalwart Soban has had the raw marinated crab market on lock, but Rich Crab is vying for a share. Swing in for lunch where two soy sauce marinated crabs, a kimchi pancake, and a salmon head are priced at $70. 4253 West 3rd St. Los Angeles.

West Hollywood— Head to Love Organic Cafe for a vegan take on Thai and Japanese fare. The sushi rolls come stuffed with things like marinated shiitake mushrooms and pumpkin tempura, while noodles range from standard pad thai to drunken noodles. 8205 Santa Monica Blvd., Unit 5 and 6, West Hollywood.


February 26, 2020

PasadenaLa Camarona brings an all-you-can-eat Mexican seafood experience to a quieter stretch of Pasadena. The $17 lunch and $26 dinner spread features Nayarit-style cooking with seafood cocktails, ceviches, and aguachiles. 181 E Glenarm St., Pasadena.

Brentwood— Located next to Lazy Daisy Cafe on Wilshire is Unknown Kitchen, bringing a “taste of Vietnam” to Brentwood residents. Expect to find beef noodle soup, grilled squid skewers, classic shaking beef, and even tacos wrapped in thinly sliced fresh jicama. 11913 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.

Rancho Palos Verdes— For chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, and chicken wings in and around the South Bay, look no further than Bird Talk Chicken. The succinct menu hits on popular flavor profiles including original, honey butter, and Nashville hot. 29505 S. Western Ave., Ste. 103, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Irwindale— On the menu at Sands Chinese Restaurant is a range of pan-Chinese cooking, from Taiwanese popcorn chicken and straightforward fried rice to more unique dishes like lamb chops crusted in spices and served ornately on a platter. 15706 Arrow Hwy., Irwindale.

Manhattan Beach— The former Jimmy’s Kouzina space is now Slay Italian Kitchen from chef Don Dickman and restauranteur David Slay. The dinner-only spot serves a focaccia of the day, along with anitipasti, pizzas, salads, pastas, and proteins. 1001 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.


February 19, 2020

Downtown— Named after the Filipino tradition of elders giving blessings to younger people, Mano Po is serving up chicken inasal and Manila-style barbecue chicken at Smorgasburg every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 777 S Alameda St., Los Angeles.

Pasadena— Chef Tony He is hoping that Chef Tony Dim Sum resonates with Angelenos as much as it does with Canadians. The B.C. concept modernizes traditional dim sum with dishes like squid ink-dyed har gow and salty egg buns with gold leaf. 2 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.

Gardena— Find Peru’s greatest culinary hits at Peru Chicha Peruvian Restaurant. Come in for weekend breakfast for something a little different, like Peruvian chicken noodle soup (caldo de gallina) and Peruvian tamales filled with chicken or pork. 14800 S Western Ave. Unit 103., Gardena.

Sherman Oaks— Look no further than Malama Pono Restaurant for island flavor and hospitality. On the menu is plenty of seafood including crab cakes, steamed mussels, and braised octopus. Look out for loco moco and Spam, too. 13355 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles.

Arts District— Operating under the slogan “perfecting the art of mofongo,” The Ricans Food brings tostones, plantains, empanadillas, arroz mamposteao, and of course, mofongo from chef Jose Miura to Downtown denizens on Wednesday and Fridays starting at 5 p.m. 1801 E. 7th St., Los Angeles.


February 12, 2020

Windsor Square— For those who can’t choose between ramen and chicken sandwiches, Sip & Chick has both. A bowl of tonkotsu ramen goes for $11, while the chicken “sando” is just under $8. Also on the menu are half a dozen starters and rice bowls. 4003 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

Mar Vista— Shad Davis and Traci Phan Davis’s fast-casual My Lai serves Vietnamese build-your-own bowls, light bites including spring rolls and fried tofu, and composed dishes inspired by family recipes like chicken with garlic rice. 12222 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles.

Chatsworth— Expect to find bold Caribbean flavors served with family-owned hospitality at One876 Caribbean Restaurant. Hearty Jamaican hits like stewed oxtails and goat curry are served with rice and peas, steamed cabbage, plantains, and festivals. 20869 Lassen St., Chatsworth.

Torrance— For comforts of the finer fast-food variety, head to Eat Fantastic in Torrance and El Segundo. On the all-day breakfast menu are crowd-pleasing burritos, pancakes, and avocado toast. Hamburgers, pastrami sandwiches, and chicken fingers are available alongside. 21209 Hawthorne Blvd. Unit B, Torrance.

Cerritos— Nashville hot chicken and Korean fried chicken are neck and neck when it comes to Southland expansion. The newest K.F.C. contender is Bb.q Chicken with boneless and bone-in varieties in seven different flavors including golden original, secret spicy, and cheesling. 11322 South St., Cerritos.


February 5, 2020

Temple City— Nashville hot chicken is gradually making its way to every corner of Los Angeles. Sharing the same strip mall as Summer Rolls and Bistro Na’s, Blazin Chicks keeps its menu simple with chicken sliders, wings, and tenders with five levels of heat. 5728 Rosemead Blvd., Ste. 102, Temple City.

Redondo Beach— Taqueria Supremex brings loaded burritos and nachos to South Bay residents. For those looking to go all out, there is the California burrito stuffed with french fries and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, served wet or traditional. Rounding out the menu are a la carte tacos, taquitos, and tostadas. 800 S Pacific Coast Hwy 6, Redondo Beach.

San Gabriel— The competition is fierce when it comes boba in and around the San Gabriel Valley, and DX-LAB is hoping to standout with boldly-hued beverages and a substantial savory menu that includes nearly a dozen different kinds of noodles and half a dozen types of dumplings. 529 E Valley Blvd. Ste 108 A, San Gabriel.

Sherman Oaks— The third outlet of By The Way Burger is now open in the Valley, where all burgers are made with grass-fed beef. For those refraining from red meat, there are salmon, turkey, chicken, and even bean-based burgers. 5162 Van Nuys Blvd. Los Angeles.

Highland Park— The folks behind Bang Bang Noodles are settling in nicely to York Boulevard, serving Xi’an hand-pulled noodles nightly beginning at 6 p.m. Come early to snag a bowl or risk missing out. 5040 York Blvd., Los Angeles.


January 29, 2020

Highland Park— Taking a cue from nearby Monte 52, Jeff’s Table serves up sandwiches, salads, and soups inside Flask liquor store. The yuzu kosho turkey with chili-citrus aioli, avocado, and wild arugula is built to satisfy and priced at $11.95. 5900 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles.

Redondo Beach— Hawaiian hits from saimin to musubi and plate lunches are on deck at Anytime Hawaiian. Order the “feast” plate lunch for a taste of all the restaurant’s teriyaki-seasoned proteins. 1252 Beryl St., Redondo Beach.

Pasadena— Porky’s Pit Stop brings decadent barbecue creations to a busier stretch of Washington Boulevard. The popular burrito comes stuffed to the brim with macaroni and cheese, pulled pork, sour cream, coleslaw, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. 1531 E Washington Blvd., Pasadena.

Brentwood— Diners take the toque at Mio Babbo, building their own meals from a variety of pastas, sauces, cheeses, vegetables, and proteins. The house-made noodles incur a $4 up-charge. Rounding out the menu are larger format proteins, salads, and desserts. 11701 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 12B, Los Angeles.

Beverly Hills— This all-day eatery aims to do it all for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hone in on the Indonesian dishes on Blasteran’s menu, like the gado gado salad and laksa. 272 La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills.


January 22, 2020

Rosemead— Head to Yu Cake for fanciful desserts, sweet beverages, and slick packaging. On the menu are drinks based on astrological signs and mille crepe cakes in several flavors. 8632 Valley Blvd., Ste. JK, Rosemead.

Fairfax— Organic, fire-grilled chicken is the simple promise at Totem Poultry. A whole rotisserie chicken with sides goes for $38. Sides include hand-cut french fries and a little gem salad with citrus and feta. 7454 1/2 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles.

Redondo Beach— Chef Tony Ramirez is channeling the country and the coast at the Front Porch, a family-owned spot with ocean views. Start with an order of fried pickles or deviled eggs before moving on to larger plates of seared scallops or grilled octopus. 136 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach.

Pasadena— Y & J Gourmet is providing north Pasadena residents with a taste of Cantonese cooking. In addition to familiar stir-fries is Peking duck, dim sum, and soup dumplings. 701 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena.

Koreatown— K Bulkoki House keeps it simple with a comforting menu of just burgers and bowls. The house-special bulgogi burger is made with marinated rib eye on a brioche bun with mushroom, onion, and cheese. 3525 W 3rd St., Los Angeles.


January 14, 2020

University Park— Named after a folkloric Japanese creature, Ijuu the Strange Beast delivers a Tokyo convenience store experience at one’s doorstep. On the menu are pork, chicken, beef, ham, and vegetarian sandwiches made on crustless white bread, as well as potato salad and cold noodles. Delivery only.

La Cañada Flintridge— Verdugo residents can warm up over a bowl of tonkotsu ramen at Kotsu Ramen & Gyoza. Also on the menu is brothless mazemen and vegan ramen, along with five varieties of gyozas. 712 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge.

Santa Monica— Self-anointed American bistro Salt + Tart serves up crowd-pleasing fare from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For brunch are breakfast burritos and thick-cut French toast, while lunch time means flatbreads, burgers, and fanciful salads. 2200 Colorado Ave. Santa Monica.

Arcadia— Chinese-style barbecued skewers is the specialty at Let’s Go Kebab. Cuts of lamb, beef, pork, chicken, seafood, and vegetables are reasonably priced and cooked over charcoal before landing on the table. 643 W Duarte Rd #B, Arcadia.

Sawtelle— Chickazo Kitchen is hoping to stand out in Sawtelle Japantown with its Thai-style chicken and rice. The signature offering consists of gently-cooked breast and thigh meat served with broth, rice, and special sauce. 11419 Santa Monica Blvd., Unit 20, Los Angeles


January 7, 2020

Long Beach— Head to 2nd and PCH for a taste of Noble Bird, a chef-y take on roasted chicken. Noble Bird is brining Pasturebird chickens for 24 hours before slow-cooking on the rotisserie. Try the traditional herb with thyme, sage, and lemon or something spicier with Korean chili pepper flakes, citrus, soy sauce, and honey. 6460 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. 125, Long Beach.

Sawtelle— With two locations in Canoga Park and East Hollywood, Oi Asian Fusion is expanding to West LA with Filipino-inspired rice bowls and buns. It’s hard to go wrong with the adobo bowl with braised pork belly and a soft-boiled egg. 11419 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles.

Los Feliz— For a meatless take on Thai classics, look no further than Salaya Plant-Based Kitchen. In addition to standard dishes like pad Thai noodles and chicken sate, expect to find a few surprises like stir-fried cashews and poutine. 5185 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.

Koreatown— While the Southland goes gaga for Nashville hot chicken, K-Town stays mostly true to Korean fried classics. CoCoYo Chicken serves fried chicken that borrows from both genres with a flair all its own. Chicken wings and tenders come battered in rice flour, while chicken sandwiches bring together pineapple and American cheese. 4121 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles.

Mid-Wilshire— The folks behind Met Her At A Bar on La Brea are getting into the fresh pasta game with Met Him At A Bar. Classics like carbonara and cacio e pepe are present and accounted for, wine and cocktails too. 801 South La Brea Ave., Los Angeles.

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